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Good news: 72 tonnes of Nigerian yams exported to Europe (photos)

Nigeria has kick-started the export of Nigerian yam to the world

– The move is one of the ways the government is taking to diversify the Nigerian economy

– Over 30% of the yams produced in Nigeria are said to rot away

Nigeria has officially kick-started the export of Nigerian yam to different parts of the world in fulfillment of the Buhari‘s administration promise to diversify the economy.

The Nigeria Yam Export was launched at Lillypond Container Terminal, Ijora, Lagos on Thursday, June 29 by the minister of agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh.

72 tonnes of Nigerian yams exported to Europe

Chief Ogbeh flanked by the deputy governor of Benue state and the NPA managing director at the launch of the event

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72 tonnes of Nigerian yams exported to Europe

The Nigerian yams packaged to be exported to Europe

Speaking at the event, Ogbeh said: “The yams we export will in no way diminish the quantity we have at home. Indeed, most of the yams we produce, rot away.

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“Oil and gas cannot employ millions of people just like agriculture so we must work hard to move from oil to earning foreign exchange from agriculture.”

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